On 19th November, there will be a special service held in Ely Cathedral in support of those who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, and anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children.
This has been arrange by Saying Goodbye, (part of the Mariposa Trust) as part of a UK and Ireland chain of events.
The Mariposa Trust’s core objective is to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity needed to be able to offer not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. 5 years on, over 150 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US, and France, and 2023 will see 21 services across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
So who is the service for?
Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in early years, or who has been affected by family members’ or friends’ loss. Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend.
Anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children will also be gladly welcome whether this is due to circumstance, infertility, or for other reasons.
Babies and children are also invited to come with their families, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.
Saying Goodbye Charity
To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org